Date: Wed, 31 Oct 2001 07:46:12 -0400
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From: Nedra Sekera <nedrabird@TDS.NET>
Subject: Ravens Found at Brasstown Bald 10-28-2001
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Please excuse the late reply........the local IP was having problems the last few days. Many thanks to all who pretty much agreed that Brasstown Bald was the place to find the ravens but only if we were lucky. And we were. We had three ravens - two lazily playing a kind of tag and another lone raven and all were seen and heard from the observation deck on Sunday about noon. The only other birds we had up there were yellowrumps and a few juncos. On the way home we had red tail and broadwing hawks flying over SR76 between Blairsville and Blue Ridge.
Our walk here around our place Monday morning was a different story. Thrushes were everywhere calling, grabbing berries off the trees and shrubs, and posing nicely. We stopped counting after 2 wood thrushes, 3 gray cheeked, 2 hermit, 3 Swainson's, flocks of robins, and a brown thrasher finishing out that family. Several flocks of golden crowned kinglets followed us with the ruby crowns. We had one very bright Tennessee warbler. Further down the road my friends found a pair of purple finches in the very tops of a leafless tree.
The most exciting bird possibility was on FSR58 along Noontootla Creek where we had a huge raptor following the canyon-like path of the creek. It was completely dark underneath, no mottling or white tail so we were pretty sure it was a Golden Eagle. We pretty much ruled out all other possibilities.
After seeing Eran Tomer's posting it reminded me of a long straggling line of TV's flying around the McCaysville/Copperhill area yesterday about 10am heading south and I quit counting at 100.
Many thanks again....